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As well as U2's €2 million paycheck for the program, The Ireland Funds also donated €1 million, which ensures the program will be funded to 2020 and beyond, and it also got a boost from the Department of Education, who have committed to ongoing funding, which means the music initiative can be expanded.

Read more: U2's Clayton Proud to Be Part of Music Program

KenyaClassical music is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of music being played in underprivileged areas in Africa.

Read more: Musical Instrument Donations to Kenya Are Turning Kids Into Musical Prodigies

pTrumpetElkhart, IN- January 28, 2016- Conn-Selmer was honored with four awards during this year’s 2016 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California.  From a panel of leading US retailers, the company earned two highly coveted NAMM 2016 Best In Show awards.  The pTrumpet received the “Gotta Stock It” trophy, while Ludwig Drums was chosen to be one of six “Companies to Watch”. 

Read more: Conn-Selmer Earns Four Awards at 2016 NAMM Show

Music City Youth OrchestraNASHVILE, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2016)— Music City Youth Orchestra (MCYO) has established the first El Sistema-inspired program in Middle Tennessee at Smithson Craighead Academy’s Elementary School.

Read more: Harmony Project Pilot Music Education Program Begins at Smithson Craighead Academy

Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/GettyImages for NAMM 2016Carlsbad, CA– The music industry returns home to businesses worldwide with innovative ideas and products that will bring the power of music to the masses. Held January 21-24, NAMM welcomed a record number of exhibitors and registrants to Anaheim, CA. Hundreds of new-to-NAMM companies paired with an increase in global interest, and those quintessential “only at NAMM” moments made for what many NAMM members called the most exciting NAMM Show in the association’s 115-year history.

Read more: Music Industry Hits High Notes at 2016 NAMM Show

Monica Hugget (photo by Hiroshi Iwaya)NEW YORK - Violinist Monica Huggett leads Juilliard's period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 in "The Prodigies: Music of Mendelssohn and Mozart" on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

Read more: Violinist Monica Huggett Leads Juilliard's Period-Instrument Ensemble

Shai GolanChicago, IL – Vandoren has announced the winners of the 2016 Emerging Artist Competition.  The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (or VEA) is for clarinetists and saxophonists between the ages of 18 and 23 performing at the very highest technical and musical level.

Read more: Vandoren Announces 2016 Emerging Artist Competition Winners

Conductor Speranza ScappucciNEW YORK --- The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School Present a Concert Performance of Bellini's La Sonnambula in February 2016  Conducted by Speranza Scappucci. Featuring singers from the met opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development program and Juilliard's Marcus Institute for vocal arts with the Juilliard Orchestra

Read more: The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School Present Bellini's La Sonnambula

About 780 fifth-graders will visit Missouri Western State University’s Potter Hall by the end of the week with one goal: to discover what musical instrument suits them best.

Read more: Fifth Graders Experiment with Music

For three decades, very determined young musicians and their leader have participated in a unique opportunity with the Utah Youth Orchestras.

Read more: Young Musicians Come Together for Opportunity of a Lifetime

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For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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